The Evolution of Pool Tables: From Classic to Customised

Published on 13th February 2024
by Robyn

Pool tables have a rich history, evolving from humble beginnings to become centrepieces of entertainment and socialisation. From classic designs to modern customisations, the journey of pool tables reflects not only advancements in technology and craftsmanship but also changes in social trends and aesthetics. Here at Snooker and Pool Table Company, we are avid followers of the changing trends, offering pool tables that are not only customisable, but that can suit any style you choose. So whether you prefer traditional-style pool tables with charming design and traditional sizing, or a luxury pool table crafted with a sleek finish, the possibilities are endless. 

Here, we’re exploring and celebrating the evolution of pool tables, and how they’ve developed from the classic tables we know and love, to the customisable styles we are proud to make today.

Origins of the Pool Table

The origins of Pool - or Billiards - can be traced back to as early as the 15th century in Europe, where a very similar game was played on a lawn-like surface. The game involved driving balls through rings using a stick called a mace. As the game evolved, tables were developed to simulate the lawn surface indoors and make the game more accessible year-round. 

These early tables were often constructed with wooden rails and a slate bed and while they were still different from the pool tables we know today, they were the first major step in the journey to the modern game.

Classic Designs: A Symbol of Tradition

 In the 19th and early 20th centuries, pool tables became symbols of elegance and sophistication and as a result, were often found in upscale establishments and private clubs. The tables developed in style and opulence, with classic pool tables typically characterised by ornate wooden carvings, intricate inlays, and sturdy construction that really showcased just how wealthy the owners were. They were crafted with meticulous attention to detail, showcasing the craftsmanship of skilled artisans and adding something special to the space they were in.

The design of classic pool tables reflected the social norms and architectural styles of their time, which meant that they were often adorned with elaborate motifs and flourishes, serving not only as functional game tables but also as works of art that added to the ambience of the room. 

Transition to Modernity: Function Meets Form

 As the 20th century progressed, pool tables underwent significant changes in design and construction. With advancements in materials and manufacturing techniques, pool tables became more accessible to a wider audience. The focus shifted from ornate embellishments to sleek, minimalist designs that emphasised functionality and durability.

During this period, pool tables began to incorporate innovative features such as adjustable levelling systems, tournament-grade cloth, and precision-engineered cushions. These advancements improved the playing experience both professionally and casually and cemented the pool table as a staple of recreational spaces worldwide.

Rise of Customisation: Tailoring the Experience

In recent deaces, there has been a growing demand for customised pool tables that reflect the unique tastes and preferences of individual buyers, and we are proud to be offering precisely that here at Snooker and Pool Table Company. We know that customisation offers a level of personalization and creativity that traditional mass-produced tables cannot match and are proud to provide a service that not only provides access to designs that might not have otherwise been accessible, but that our customers can be proud to call their very own.

Custom pool tables allow buyers to choose everything from the type of wood and finish to the style of legs and pockets and even the size of the table itself to better suit their home. The popularity of custom pool tables is not only rife in residential settings but has extended to commercial venues such as bars, restaurants, and entertainment centres where matching the ambience with the right table is more crucial than ever. Pool tables serve as focal points that enhance the atmosphere, whether that’s to draw patrons in, or to entertain guests at home. From pool dining tables that offer a solution to limited space, to luxury designs that really capture elegance and style, the possibilities are truly endless.

The evolution of pool tables from classic to customised reflects the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. While classic designs pay homage to the rich history and timeless elegance of the game, customisations offer a contemporary twist that caters to modern sensibilities. Whether cherished for their heritage or admired for their individuality, pool tables continue to captivate players and enthusiasts alike, serving as enduring symbols of leisure, camaraderie, and friendly competition. As technology and design trends evolve, the future of pool tables promises to be as exciting and diverse as the players who gather around them and we are proud to be a part of it. 

To find out more about how we can work with you to design and craft your very own custom pool table, all you have to do is get in touch. We can discuss your ideas, needs and requirements and produce a bespoke design and quote for your perfect table. Simply get in touch with a member of our friendly team on 01268 777293, or fill out our quick enquiry form online.